KL Minardi Asiatech continued its test programme with Sergey Zlobin today, carrying out a one-day session at the Mugello circuit. This follows the Russian driver's first taste of Formula One performance, when he tested a Minardi PS01 at ...
KL Minardi Asiatech continued its test programme with Sergey Zlobin today, carrying out a one-day session at the Mugello circuit. This follows the Russian driver's first taste of Formula One performance, when he tested a Minardi PS01 at Ferrari's Fiorano facility two weeks ago. The purpose of today's test was simply to allow Zlobin to continue to acclimatise himself to Formula One. Thick fog initially delayed proceedings, but the team was able to start running from mid-morning, once the weather had cleared.
After some initial "sighting" laps, to learn the challenging Italian circuit, and a little advice from regular Minardi test driver, Matteo Bobbi, Zlobin drove for another 35 laps, steadily improving his times as the day progressed. The team shared the track with Ferrari, who were carrying out test work with Luca Badoer and Luciano Burti.
"It is the first time I have tested at this circuit, and I soon realised how much harder it is to drive on the track surface here compared with that at Fiorano. The tarmac there was slippery and low in grip, whereas here at Mugello, the grip level is much higher. The handling of the car is naturally much more physical in such conditions. I am very happy to have been able to test here, however, because I'm learning more about the car and how to control it in different conditions. It has been a positive day."
GIAN CARLO MINARDI
"Sergey did a good job today on a track that is particularly difficult for a driver who is both new to Formula One, and has never driven here before. It is clear that he is progressing step by step, and right now, we are all perfectly aware that there is still a lot to be done. Sergey will now concentrate on his final races in this year's European F3000 Championship, and will be back on track with the F1 car again at Valencia, in November, after the testing ban has ended."